Casting rumors on X-Men: First Class have been out of control. So let’s sort out what’s true and what’s not. For the record, Fox – the studio behind the movie – isn’t confirming any of the chatter. Our sources, however, tell us that About a Boy’s Nicholas Hoult (pictured, left), who recently appeared in Clash of the Titans and A Single Man, will play Beast in the film, which also stars James McAvoy as Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Caleb Landry Jones – who will appear in The Last Exorcism in August, and The Social Network in October – will take on the role of Banshee. The third name you can add to the list is Lucas Till (pictured, right), the actor who played Miley Cyrus’ beau in Hannah Montana: The Movie. He is in negotiations to play the role of Havok. Still, my sources tell me to keep in mind that these parts may not be the actual characters in the movie. Instead, this could be part of a misdirection campaign to keep some surprises from X-Men fans.
And in terms of what’s not true: Aaron Johnson is not appearing in X-Men: First Class. The British star of Kick-Ass may have been photographed leaving a building with Vaughn and McAvoy, but he will not be playing any type of superhero, or any other part for that matter, in the new film. Same goes for Taylor Lautner, who can’t fit another film into his busy schedule. The teen star, better known as Jacob Black, is currently shooting Abduction with John Singleton, and will begin filming Breaking Dawn, the final Twilight chapter, in the fall.
Filming on X-Men: First Class is set to begin this summer in London. It will open next June.
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